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Al Waqra, Qatar – America Men’s National Team Star Christian Pulisic He suffered an abdominal injury and was taken to a local hospital for a scan after his sensational goal lift USMNT Won 1-0 Iran Tuesday night in a win-or-go-home contest.
U.S. Soccer later announced that Pulisic was suffering from a groin tumor and that his condition was day-to-day. He returned to the team hotel before his teammates arrived from the stadium.
“He was taken to the hospital as a precaution,” US coach Greg Berhalter said. “He was a little dizzy. He was hit in the stomach.”
In the round of 16, Pulisic scored the decisive goal that clinched a spot for the Americans. In the 38th minute, Weston McKenney Chipped a ball right into the penalty box Sergino Test Headed to Pulisic, who hit the far post to score with the inside of his right foot.
USA’s Christian Pulisic scores against Iran in 38′.
Pulisic collided with the Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beirenvant Instead of immediately celebrating his first goal of the World Cup, he lay on the ground for a few seconds. His American teammates quickly motioned for the team’s training staff to look after him.
For two minutes, Pulisic was unable to stand upright and needed trainers to help him walk. Once on the sidelines, he tried jogging, then again clung to the trainers for support. Eventually, he grabbed a water bottle and ran to midfield to get back into the game to end the first half.
When Pulisic returned to the field, he was grimacing, hands on knees, doubled over in pain.
The winger did not return to the field in the second half and was replaced by Brendan Aaronson. Berhalter said Pulisic didn’t play the second half “due to injury,” but the team video-chatted with him following the win.
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Laken Litman covers college football, college basketball and football for Fox Sports. He previously wrote for Sports Illustrated, USA Today and The Indianapolis Star. She is the author of “Strong Like a Woman,” published in spring 2022 to mark the 50th anniversary of Title IX. Follow her on Twitter @Lagenlitman.
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